Irina’s English lesson: my diary.

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6:32 pm – I’m learning to write my blog.

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6:45 pm – I’m learning “there is/there are” and present continuous for “fixed plan”

7 pm – I’m writing new words.

7:25 pm – I’m watching a video and I’m learning new words

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7:42 pm – I’m training present continuous.

8:03 pm – I’m getting my hometask.

This is the end of our class and we are going home.

Cheers, Irina

November 2012 or how we prepared for IELTS

Hey guys, it’s been so long, I haven’t written any posts, but today I decided to tell you what me and Julia were learning and reminding during last month. Before I wrote this post, I had remembered all idioms, grammar structures and new expressions which we had covered, and now I really don’t know how to share all of this information with you. Nevertheless I promise I will try to do it as well as possible =)

Firstly, I would like to tell you about new expressions and idioms, which we learned. Actually we covered about six idioms, but my favorite is “It’s not my cup of tea” and one more is “You are apple of my eye”. So you might use first idiomatic expression when you talk about something unpleasant or annoying, for instance, you may say: “Oh, please turn off this song, Beyonce really isn’t my cup of tea!”

The other expression you could use if you want to touch somebody’s heart, for example you may say: “I love you so much, you are apple of my eye”. Honestly, I really think it is absolutely amazing phase, but for Russian it sound a little bit strangely.

Besides I decided to impart one more new idiom about tea to you, I was astonished this expression. In English if something is completely useless and unavailing we can say: “It’s as good as a chocolate teapot”. To my mind it is easy to understand how this phrase appeared, because a chocolate, it is obviously, is extremely bad material for teapot.

Secondly, I really want to add that we have reminded many varied and complicated grammar structures such as Passive Tense, Complex Subject, Past Perfect + Past Simple, and at the last class we have covered using Present Simple when we speak about the future.

Actually if you ask me, the most difficult is using all of these tenses in real conversation, especially when I try to speak with my teacher or somebody else. For some reason all ideas disappear from my mind when I start speaking, you know it is really makes me sad, furious and it takes the wind out of my sails. Also it is astonishing but it is truth, when I speak with myself and nobody hears me, it sound better, because I talk faster and more fluently, without long pauses and mumbling. If only I had been acquainted with native speaker it would be a better way to improve my speaking skills!!!

Finally, I would like to go so far as to say that we have had amazing and inspirational “Lessons of kindness”, these really were so unusual and touching classes. We have described wonderful pictures trying to use as many as possible different grammar tense and structures. Moreover Tania found affecting story about love between man and dog and after we had read this article we retold it using Past Perfect. Frankly speaking it was sort of hard but at the same time it was absolutely useful and essentially for IELTS preparation.

 

See you soon!

Nina =)

Friday

My impressions of a fantastic film.

Hello!

 

Yesterday we saw movie Apricot written and directed by Ben Braind. I enjoyed that lesson and I would like to write my impressions about it.

Apricot tells the story of a young couple on a date early in their relationship, they are dating in a restaurant, recalling her first love, kiss and her childhood over a fresh cup of coffee. The man was taking notes of her story and she was irritated because of it. The young woman wanted to leave and before leaving she asked him a question: «Do you watch me? Why are you taking notes? ». His answer was shocking: «Because I can’t remember». So… the man didn’t remember anything. Every day came as a new one for him, he didn’t have any memories.

Conversation played a huge part in the feel and the flow of Apricot. The Director showed us the unrealistic, almost poetic dialogue, it also adds to the hypnotizing feel of the movie.

I also have paid a close eye to Briand and his team’s work. They created a film which evokes a dreamlike state for its viewers. Whilst watching Apricot, I floated off into my own memories. Every shot is composed and lit superbly, the date scene in framed so that the couple seems the only people in the buzzing restaurant. The memory sequences opt for a more personal feel, bathed in sunlight with objects and children drifting in and out of focus. There were blurred and vague scenes. Sound producer, Basil Hogios, combined the score with a soundtrack of distant thunder and rumbling winds, helping to merge the words of memory and reality seamlessly together. I could also hear weird music during all memory sequences.

Apricot made me fall to think that memories are very important in our life and without them we would feel empty and lost. Briand’s film is for the dreamers, for the romantics.

 

Thank you for such interesting lessons!

 

Yulia=)

Advance

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Hi! Today I would like to tell you about our last class. Although it was after long month break because of Tatiana’s holidays and my sport business we haven’t forget almost anything)) At our first meeting we recalled third condition likewise “It takes” form. Tania actually turned on the  song on her player for our better understandable. After that she showed us beforehand prepared cards with linkers thus we were discussing the meaning in the same way right using of that. Our homework was kind of summary “non-verbal communication” using linkers. Also there was a task for understandable of giving a reply on “Wh-/ How often question”.

Well, in truth, I suppose I would have to say that it is pretty useful information, like to be more direct, if you answer a question short and easily it’s quite possible that you would take a bad mark at the exam. You know, there are really high demands of students. Whereas in contrast, if you give a good and full reply, it’s more likely that examiners would estimate it at yours true worth. As you probably know using of linkers makes our speech more fluency and structured.

The previous lesson we were talking about emotions, reasons and results. I have to say that it was quite difficult for speaking therefore it had become our home task. To add to this we were watching a video about home problems, such as divorce, shared custody, child cruelty and other quite significant issues.

Finally I have to say that I feel our approaching to aim, furthermore we just need to keep this way and we are going to be winners)

Love Julia.

Mystery of a guesthouse

This is the story about two man, who met at the busstop. One man was a tourist from Washington D.C. And another man lived in this contry town. Tourist was in London, he liked London, but he thought that London is very crowdly. So he came to the Borlingston to take a rest after his native city, because Washington is full of crime and violence.

That’s how they met.

Normah told George that the country is not so quite as it seemed. Norman told a story about a girl, who was killed, not far from this place. Then the tourist told that he was late to his bus,and Norman offered George to stay at guesthouse, becouse Norman’s mother owns a guesthouse, and it was very cheep.

Gerge agreed to go whith Norman. When George set at Norman’s car, he noticed a big knife and the back of the car was full…

That is the end of the story…Norman might be a killer or maybe he was just a lockal butcher…who knows…

P.S. You sould take into account that George might be a killer….or maybe Norman’s mather might be a killer…

Tips to prepare for IELTS.

Hello!
In case of you want to take after me and Julia and you decide to prepare for IELTS, I really recommend you watching this wonderful video.

In this post I intend to write some pieces of advice both from the video and my own experience.

General tips.

1. The main preconditions for preparing for the exam, are taking coaching classes.

2. In this lessons I recommend you covering test’s structure otherwise you fail on the examination.

3. To prepare for the test, as good as possible, I really recommend you buying special books and materials, failing that you might borrow theirs from a library.

4. Besides I suggest that you should talk with native speakers. Compared with 10 years ago we have opportunities to communicate with Americans and Englishmen in different social networks and websites.

5. What I find most important in preparation by for IELTS is learning unusual words and uncommon idioms.

Special tips for different parts.

1. Writing. You should know what the difference between formal and informal letter, likewise you ought to use wide range of vocabulary and complicated grammar structures.

2. Reading and Listening. I recommend you that you should be extremely attentive and careful. In the same way I suggest you both reading and writing as many as you can, because it is the only precondition for passing the exam.

3. Speaking. Assuming that you want to speak fluently, without mistakes and pauses, I suggest recording yourself on dictaphone and after that you should analyze and correct your speech. Honestly, it is the unique way to improve this skill.

Nina =)

Fairy English

Once upon a time there was a lovely princess.  But she became the victim of evil magical spells.

When she was 4 years old, the wicked witch locked her into the lock of English ignorance. Nowdays she is a wonderful lady..but the spell is still working.

Рrincess is very beautiful she has got long brown hair. Every day she studies English words and new grammar. But it doesn’t help. Once the fairy godmother was knocked in a window of the lock.

Fairy: “Why are you so sad honey..can I help you?”

Princess: “Look at the table, there is a mountain of English books, I’m so tired and confused..I can’t learn English anymore.”

F: “If you want to learn English, you should trust me. Have you ever studied English the right way?”

P: “I don’t know, but how long does it take me to learn English?” (Princess is very busy)

F: “It takes you four months to get a good level in English..it might be interesting for you.”

P: “It’s a good idea, I’m going to study English very hard.”

F: “Let’s try learning right now..there is a few bar of chocolate for you..please don’t cry my dear.”

After that her English became better and better each day..and the evil spell was broken.

P.S. Each speech turn of the story was taken from my elementary course.This fairy tale becomes true because of Tanya. Tanya, thank you very much..you are my fairy godmother.

Love Vera